October 7, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Monday called the legislature's planned vote this week on his budget - one that includes tax increases to boost education funding - "a once in a generation vote. " Legislators who vote Wednesday "don't want to be on the wrong side of history," Wolf told reporters during an invitation-only news conference at his residence. "We can't afford Republicans and Democrats - we need Pennsylvanians. We need people . . . who are looking beyond narrow partisanship. " The unusual campaign-style pitch was an opening salvo in a week that could reshape or define the impasse.
September 29, 2015 |
To the adoring crowds who came out to catch a glimpse of him - and they numbered in the millions - Pope Francis was that smiling man in white robes: a sometimes fleeting image passing along the streets of Havana, on Constitution Avenue in Washington, through New York's Central Park, and up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. A symbol of joy and hope, his values can sometimes be expressed very simply, and they were. "Love is the expression of faith," read a banner bearing his image on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
September 23, 2015 |
U H-OH. Looks like City Councilman David Oh, a Republican vying to keep his at-large seat, is in trouble with Philly's police and firefighters unions. Union leaders yesterday called on Oh to remove their names and logos from his campaign website, saying they had not endorsed him for the Nov. 3 election. John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, and Andrew Thomas, president of the Fire Fighters' & Paramedics Union Local 22, blasted Oh in a joint statement: "It has been brought to our attention that incumbent City Councilman David Oh continues to claim through his campaign website and literature that he is endorsed by Philadelphia's police and firefighter unions.
August 6, 2015 |
Before the Phillies threw open the gates and granted him his requested release, freeing him to play for a contending team, Jimmy Rollins delivered a dose of reality to Ruben Amaro Jr. that in time Amaro probably tired of hearing. Over his 15 seasons with the Phillies, for all the times he coasted out of the batter's box or arrived late to the ballpark or just let his intrinsic swagger get the better of him, Rollins still came away with the highest respect for his second and third managers in the majors: Larry Bowa and Charlie Manuel.
May 8, 2015 |
SINCE EVERY scandal must have a "gate" at the end, can we call this one Lipgate? It took long enough, and too many young people messed up their faces trying to get giant lips by sucking the air out of a shot glass, but People magazine now reports that the infamous mouth pillows of Kylie Jenner are the result of artificial enhancement. So, chalk up another star who owes her career to LPEDs: Lip Performance Enhancing Drugs. "I have temporary lip fillers. It's just an insecurity of mine, and it's what I wanted to do," Kylie says, in a clip from that icky faux-reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
May 2, 2015 |
Walk in honor and admiration of your favorite girls and women Saturday at the third annual Sojourner Truth Walk at Clark Park in University City. All are welcome to support this 5k walk through West Philadelphia. Bring a photo of your favorite female to hold up during the walk, whether it's your daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, an esteemed leader, or other. You can walk as an individual or as a team. The route circles Clark Park to Kingsessing Park, then Malcolm X Park, and ends at the Calvary Center for Community and Culture on 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue.
May 1, 2015 |
TONIGHT, CLOSURE. Live from Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, shortly after 8 p.m. EDT, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will call the name of Marcus Mariota, either on behalf of the Eagles or some other team. When that blessed moment finally arrives, we can quit speculating on what the Birds might be willing to give to obtain him, or whether he possibly could slide past this or that quarterback-needy team and make the price more palatable. This time tomorrow, sports talk radio and social media will either be in a Mariota-fueled frenzy, with local outlets frantically dispatching reporters to Hawaii (Oh, gosh, such short notice, you're really asking a lot, but I guess I'll take one for the team . . . )
March 27, 2015 |
Here's how I remember the play Rashomon , Kay and Michael Fanin's adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film, now in a highly stylized, if unbalanced, production by Luna Theater Company: I recall it less as a story of a samurai's murder and four witnesses' perspectives on the killing than as a play about sexual face-saving in its depiction of varying views of the rape that precedes the murder. This stage version of Rashomon , while different in tone from Kurosawa's grim masterpiece, follows the same storyline: The bandit Tajomaru (Richard Chan)
March 23, 2015 |
EMBATTLED CITY Council candidate Manny Morales had his read-my-lips moment yesterday repeatedly saying that he hadn't discussed his decision to rescind the Democratic City Committee's endorsement with the party's chairman, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, in the wake of a Facebook scandal. "I haven't spoken to him," Morales insisted during a news conference held at his Juniata Park campaign headquarters. "I sent him a letter [Thursday]. " Morales said he last spoke with Brady in February when he picked up the endorsement of ward leaders in the 7th Council District, which includes Morales' Frankford neighborhood.
March 23, 2015 |
SO MUCH ABOUT the Penn State Kappa Delta Rho fraternity case is depressing. There's the secret 144-member Facebook page with photos of naked and half-naked passed-out women, some in sexual poses that cops describe as "graphic" and "appalling. " Dubbed "2.0," the page is not to be confused with its first Facebook iteration, "Covert Business Operations," which was taken down when a victim who was the subject of a nude photo complained. It's chilling that these young men so lacked empathy that the only thing they learned from her pain and humiliation was to honor her request, wait a bit, then start back up again.